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Sunset on the Fraser River

The Neighbourhood

Sunset 1An ethnically diverse neighbourhood within Ontario Street on the west and Knight Street on the east, Sunset extends from 41st Avenue south to the Fraser River in southeastern Vancouver, British Columbia. Like most of southeast Vancouver, the area was once mostly working class, but rising prices everywhere have made the area increasingly popular with young professionals and families no longer able to afford houses on the west side.

Background

Formerly part of the incorporated District of South Vancouver, the neighbourhood became part of Vancouver in 1929. As farmland sloping southward to the river with clusters of homes and villages by the 1860s, when the Fraser River was a full day’s journey to the Granville Townsite on the Burrard Inlet by boat or overland through forest and swamp, Sunset welcomed the advance of Westminster Avenue, now Main Street, south from Mount Pleasant in 1910.

The first immigrants from Punjab arrived in Vancouver in the 1890s. Most of them settled in the area around Main Street and 49th Avenue, and many established restaurants and businesses there. Over the years the Sunset neighbourhood has become for Vancouver’s estimated 160,000 South Asian residents a central assembly point of culture and commerce.

The number of Punjabi speakers increased steadily for decades. It is now the most common language in Sunset. More than one in four, 26 per cent of the Sunset population, in 2006 spoke Punjabi as their first language compared to less than three per cent of the general city population, 21 percent spoke Chinese, and 24 percent English. Businesses, restaurants, and services catering to these communities proliferated along Fraser and Main streets; prominent among them was the Punjabi Market.

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The Punjabi Market

The Punjabi Market is a commercial district and ethnic enclave in a roughly six-block section around Main Street and 49th Avenue. Vancouver is home to more than 200,000 people of Indian and Pakistani descent, nowhere more vibrant than at the Punjabi Market, a world of glittering bangles, flowing saris, and rich curry aromas. The neighbourhood gives visitors a glimpse of South Asian culture on Canada’s Pacific Coast. Shops sell fine silk saris in a rainbow of bright colors and elaborate gowns with thousands of tiny inlaid gems. Bhangra music from Bollywood films pumps out of storefronts. Fine jewelers offer exquisite gold rings, bracelets, and necklaces. In April, the Punjabi Market celebrates Vaisakhi Day, the Sikh New Year, with a colorful parade through the streets attracting thousands of spectators.

Vancouver’s Punjabi Market has been a city fixture for decades, but the 2013 municipal Assessment Roll Report finds the area in financial trouble: “Values here are down about 15 percent as the regional [Indo-Canadian] retail hub continues to shift towards Surrey.” Even Tourism Vancouver says the Punjabi Market is struggling. Once famous for many jewelry stores, the Punjabi Market now displays lots of empty space for lease. Elsewhere across the city, retail property value assessments rise but decline here as businesses relocate to Surrey.

The Punjabi Market Association says the district needs some help from the city, province, and federal governments if it’s going to survive. The Surrey Board of Trade says its city offers lower rents and taxes than does Vancouver.

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  • 7936 ONTARIO Street in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2808456

    7936 ONTARIO Street South Vancouver Vancouver V5X 3E1
    Main Photo: 7936 ONTARIO Street in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2808456
    $4,598,888
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2808456
    Bedrooms:
    6
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    3,021 sq. ft.
    Developer & Investor Alerts - Land Assembly, Located at Cambie Corridor. Walking distance to Marine Drive Canada Line station, Marine Gateway shopping complex, Winona park, Langara college and Langara Golf course. Excellent Transit. Do not miss the development opportunity for a 3 Lots Assembly with a total of 16,695 SQFT. The project has potential for a 6 Storey Secured Rental Policy Building. Potential density of 2.5-2.71 FSR. To be sold as part of a land assembly. (3 Marine Drive SE / 7970/7950/7936 Ontario Street) More details
    Listed by eXp Realty
  • 195 W 41ST Avenue in Vancouver: Cambie House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2818581

    195 W 41ST Avenue Cambie Vancouver V5Y 2S2
    Main Photo: 195 W 41ST Avenue in Vancouver: Cambie House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2818581
    $4,490,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2818581
    Bedrooms:
    3
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,660 sq. ft.
    Developers and Investors Alert!! Selling together with 195,187,181,173 W 41ST Ave.!! The total area is 18726 Square feet. Excellent investment property in the Prime Oakridge area. This property is located within the Cambie Corridor plan Per the latest BC Bill 47, the FSR here is 3, allowing for the construction of an 8-story apartment! An excellent investment opportunity! Only 4 blocks from the Canada Line Skytrain & Oakridge Mall. Close to Q.E. Park and easy access to Downtown. Character Bungalow on the property in good condition, the current rent is approx $3000. More details
    Listed by Laboutique Realty
  • 187 W 41ST Avenue in Vancouver: Cambie House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2818491

    187 W 41ST Avenue Cambie Vancouver V5Y 2S2
    Main Photo: 187 W 41ST Avenue in Vancouver: Cambie House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2818491
    $4,490,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2818491
    Bedrooms:
    2
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    1,597 sq. ft.
    Developers and Investors Alert!! Selling together with 195,187,181,173 W 41ST Ave.!! The total area is 18726 Square feet. Excellent investment property in the Prime Oakridge area. This property is located within the Cambie Corridor plan.Per the latest BC Bill 47, the F.S.R here is 3, allowing for the construction of an 8-story apartment! An excellent investment opportunity! Only 4 blocks from the Canada Line Skytrain & Oakridge Mall. Close to Q.E. Park and easy access to Downtown.Character Bungalow on the property in good condition, the current rent is approx $3000 More details
    Listed by Laboutique Realty
  • 1060 E 61ST Avenue in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2861251

    1060 E 61ST Avenue South Vancouver Vancouver V5X 2C4
    Main Photo: 1060 E 61ST Avenue in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2861251
    $4,488,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2861251
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    6
    Floor Area:
    3,545 sq. ft.
    Presenting an exquisite property with laneway house nestled in south Vancouver, offering picturesque views of Richmond and a rear yard facing south. This luxury CUSTOME BUILD home boasts over 4000 sqft indoor space, seamlessly marrying elegance with practicality. Featuring 7 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms and 4 kitchens, outfitted with high-end appliances & all new lighting fixtures. 2 basement suites with separate entrance + laneway offer $7000 per month cash flow, perfect for mortgage helper. This convenient location with nearby amenities such as Superstore, bus transit, restaurants and shops, is easy access to airport, downtown and Richmond. School catchment: Moberly Elementary, John Oliver Secondary and Churchill Secondary. Call your showing today! More details
    Listed by Nu Stream Realty Inc.
  • 288 W 64TH Avenue in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2784249

    288 W 64TH Avenue Marpole Vancouver V5X 2L8
    Main Photo: 288 W 64TH Avenue in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2784249
    $4,429,131
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2784249
    Bathrooms:
    5
    Floor Area:
    2,962 sq. ft.
    Developer & Investor Alerts - Land Assembly, Located at Cambie Corridor. Walking distance to Marine Drive Canada Line station, Marine Gateway shopping complex, Winona park, Langara college and Langara Golf course. Excellent Transit. Do not miss the development opportunity for 6 Lots Assembly total of 28,266 SQFT. The project got potential for a 6 storey residential apartment. Potential density of 2.5 FSR. To be sold as part of a land assembly. Land Value only. (8050 Columbia St. 276/282/286/288/298 W 64th Ave.) More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty and Magsen Realty Inc.
  • 87 W 46TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2872389

    87 W 46TH Avenue Oakridge VW Vancouver V5Y 2W8
    $4,398,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2872389
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    4,136 sq. ft.
    Seize this rare opportunity to own an exquisite custom-built house in the coveted Oakridge neighborhood. Meticulously maintained, this stunning home spans over 3800 square feet, perfectly suited for family living. It boasts a luminous, expansive kitchen equipped with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. The house features a total of 5 bedrooms, including a 2-bedroom basement suite that can serve as a mortgage helper. Additional luxurious amenities include a home theatre, sauna, wok kitchen, radiant heating, and HRV. With a 3-car garage and set in an ideal location close to Oakridge Mall, Langara College, and Eric Hamber High School, with easy access to UBC and Canada Line transit—this home is a must-see! More details
    Listed by RE/MAX City Realty
  • 282 W 64TH Avenue in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2784292

    282 W 64TH Avenue Marpole Vancouver V5X 2L8
    Main Photo: 282 W 64TH Avenue in Vancouver: Marpole House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2784292
    $3,918,873
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2784292
    Bathrooms:
    2
    Floor Area:
    2,715 sq. ft.
    Developer & Investor Alerts - Land Assembly, Located at Cambie Corridor. Walking distance to Marine Drive Canada Line station, Marine Gateway shopping complex, Winona park, Langara college and Langara Golf course. Excellent Transit. Do not miss the development opportunity for 6 Lots Assembly total of 28,266 SQFT. The project got potential for a 6 storey residential apartment. Potential density of 2.5 FSR. To be sold as part of a land assembly. Land Value only. (8050 Columbia St. 276/282/286/288/298 W 64th Ave.) More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty and Magsen Realty Inc.
  • 183 W 48TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West) : MLS®# R2865989

    183 W 48TH Avenue Oakridge VW Vancouver V5Y 2Y6
    Main Photo: 183 W 48TH Avenue in Vancouver: Oakridge VW House for sale (Vancouver West)  : MLS®# R2865989
    $3,890,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2865989
    Bedrooms:
    8
    Bathrooms:
    7
    Floor Area:
    3,867 sq. ft.
    A Lovely, Comfortable South Home in the Westside Family Oreinted OAKRIDGE Neighbourhood! This custom designed nearly 3000SF home features 6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms. Entry features high ceiling foyer, formal living and dining room with bright large windows, topped off with open concept granite countertop kitchen, eating area wok kitchen and family room where over-looking the mature landscaping on backyard. Includes AC & HRV system with newly replaced heating system. Additional 900 SF 3bedrooms 2 baths laneway house built on 2021 for a strong mortgage helper Steps to Langara College, YMCA, Langara Golf Course, Skytrain Station, Oakridge Mall, Eric Hamber Sec & Van Horne Elementary Catchment. More details
    Listed by Youlive Realty and LeHomes Realty Premier
  • 7950 ONTARIO Street in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2803690

    7950 ONTARIO Street South Vancouver Vancouver V5X 3E1
    Main Photo: 7950 ONTARIO Street in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2803690
    $3,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2803690
    Bedrooms:
    7
    Bathrooms:
    4
    Floor Area:
    2,122 sq. ft.
    Developer & Investor Alerts - Land Assembly, Located at Cambie Corridor. Walking distance to Marine Drive Canada Line station, Marine Gateway shopping complex, Winona park, Langara college and Langara Golf course. Excellent Transit. Do not miss the development opportunity for a 3 Lots Assembly with a total of 16,695 SQFT. The project has potential for a 6 Storey Secured Rental Policy Building. Potential density of 2.5-2.71 FSR. To be sold as part of a land assembly. (3 Marine Drive SE / 7970/7950/7936 Ontario Street) More details
    Listed by eXp Realty
  • 3 SE MARINE Drive in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East) : MLS®# R2853800

    3 SE MARINE Drive South Vancouver Vancouver V5X 2S1
    Main Photo: 3 SE MARINE Drive in Vancouver: South Vancouver House for sale (Vancouver East)  : MLS®# R2853800
    $3,800,000
    Residential Detached
    Status:
    Active
    MLS® Num:
    R2853800
    Bedrooms:
    5
    Bathrooms:
    3
    Floor Area:
    2,267 sq. ft.
    Developer & Investor Alerts - Land Assembly for Vancouver Secured Rental Program. Walking distance to Marine Drive Canada Line station, Marine Gateway shopping complex, Winona park, Langara college and Langara Golf course. Excellent Transit. Do not miss the development opportunity for a 3 Lots Assembly with a total of 16,695 SQFT. The project has potential for a 5-6 Storey Secured Rental Policy Building. Potential density of 2.2 - 2.4 FSR. To be sold as part of a land assembly. (3 Marine Drive SE/ 7970/795 Ontario Street) More details
    Listed by RE/MAX Crest Realty
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